High schools across the country are gearing up for the start of their 2017 seasons and several Notre Dame commits and targets were in action this past Friday night.
Below you will find a recap of how those players performed. Be sure to check in to Blue & Gold Illustrated on Friday to check out where the rest of the 2018 and 2019 classes will be playing as more teams begin their season this week.
S Derrik Allen — Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter
Last Week: Allen recorded seven tackles, a touchdown reception and a 60-yard punt return in a 42-6 win over Marietta (Ga.) Pope (0-1).
Up Next: Lassiter (2-0) will be at home this week against Marietta (Ga.) Kell (0-1).
WR Kevin Austin — Coconut Creek (Fla.) North Broward Prep
Last Week: Austin hauled in a touchdown in North Broward Prep’s 57-0 season-opening win over Pembroke Pines (Fla.) High (0-1).
Up Next: North Broward Prep (1-0) will be at home next week taking on Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) The Benjamin School (1-0).
LB Matthew Bauer — Erie (Pa.) Cathedral Prep
Last Week: Bauer recorded eight tackles and two sacks, according to goerie.com, in a 40-7 win over Pittsburgh Central Catholic (0-1).
Up Next: Cathedral Prep (1-0) will travel to Erie (Pa.) High (1-0).
OT John Dirksen — Maria Stein (Ohio) Marion Local
Last Week: Dirksen and Marion Local opened their season with a 35-7 victory over Dayton (Ohio) Chaminade-Julienne (0-1).
Up Next: Marion Local (1-) will travel to Hamler (Ohio) Patrick Henry (0-1).
WR Micah Jones — Gurnee (Ill.) Warren Township
Last Week: Jones caught three passes for 32 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-20 loss to Barrington (Ill.) High (0-1).
Up Next: Warren Township (0-1) will host Winnetka (Ill.) New Trier (1-0).
QB Phil Jurkovec — Gibsonia (Pa.) Pine-Richland
Last Week: In a nationally televised game on ESPN, Jurkovec scored six total touchdowns in a 41-0 home win over Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne (0-1). Jurkovec threw for 238 yards and three touchdowns and added 106 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.
Up Next: Pine-Richland (1-0) will be at home to face Pittsburgh Mt. Lebanon (1-0).
LB Jack Lamb — Temecula (Calif.) Great Oak
Last Week: Great Oak opened the season with a 42-0 loss to Romoland (Calif.) Heritage (1-0) Lamb had to leave the game with a knee injury is awaiting MRI results.
Up Next: Great Oak (0-1) will travel to Riverside (Calif) King (0-0).
OT Cole Mabry — Brentwood (Tenn.) High
Last Week: Brentwood picked up a 42-21 win over Nashville (Tenn.) Cane Ridge (1-1).
Up Next: Brentwood (2-0) will host Dickson (Tenn.) Dickson County (0-2).
LB Ovie Oghoufo — Farmington Hills (Mich.) Harrison
Last Week: Oghoufo registered 11 tackles and two for loss on defense and added five receptions for 62 yards on offense in a 33-8 loss to Grand Rapids (Mich.) East Grand Rapids (1-0).
Up Next: Harrison (0-1) will be on the road at Troy (Mich.) High (1-0).
RB Jahmir Smith — Sanford (N.C.) Lee County
Last Week: Smith continued his hot start to the year rushing for 151 yards and two touchdowns in a 45-0 win over Holly Springs (N.C.) High (0-2).
Up Next: Lee County (2-0) will be at home against Raleigh (N.C.) Wakefield (0-2).
RB Markese Stepp — Indianapolis Cathedral
Last Week: Stepp rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns in 38-35 loss to Detroit Martin Luther King (1-0).
Up Next: Cathedral (0-2) will be on the road against Pickerington (Ohio) Pickerington Central (0-1).
TE George Takacs — Naples (Fla.) Gulf Coast
Last Week: Takacs kicked off his senior season with a 27-2 win over Naples (Fla.) Lely (0-1).
Up Next: Gulf Coast (1-0) will host Hialeah (Fla.) High (1-0).
DT Jacob Lacey — Bowling Green (Ky.) South Warren
Last Week: Lacey was a disruptive force in a 43-6 win over Bowling Green (Ky.) Warren Central (0-2) recording six tackles, five tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and one pass breakup in just over a quarter of action after being pull halfway in the second quarter.
Up Next: South Warren (2-0) will be at home to face Franklin (Ky.) Franklin-Simpson (1-1).
QB Cade McNamara — Reno (Nev.) Damonte Ranch
Last Week: McNamara started off his junior season with a bang, completing 27 of 40 passes for 400 yards and four touchdowns while adding one touchdown on the ground in a 46-16 win over Walnut Creek (Calif.) Northgate.
Up Next: Damonte Ranch (1-0) will travel to Fresno (Calif.) Edison (0-1).
TOP IRISH TARGETS
DE Thomas Booker — Baltimore Gilman
Last Week: Booker and Gilman opened their season with a 38-0 loss to Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga (1-0).
Up Next: Gilman (0-1) will be on the road to face Olney (Md.) Good Counsel (0-1).
CB Tariq Bracy — Milpitas (Calif.) High
Last Week: Bracy and Milpitas opened up 2017 with a 62-0 win over Fremont (Calif.) American (0-1).
Up Next: Milpitas (1-0) will travel to Dublin (Calif.) High (1-0).
CB Donte Burton — Loganville (Ga.) High
Last Week: Burton and his teammates came up just short in a 24-14 loss to Monroe (Ga.) Monroe Area (1-0).
Up Next: Loganville (0-1) will be at home hosting Cumming (Ga.) North Forsyth (1-1).
S Julius Irvin — Anaheim (Calif.) Servite
Last Week: Irvin had three interceptions in Servite's 35-21 win over Norco (Calif.) High (0-1).
Up Next: Servite (1-0) has a neutral site game against American Fork (Utah) High (1-1)
WR Lawrence Keys — New Orleans McDonogh
Last Week: Keys had three receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown in McDonogh's 22-0 win over New Orleans Elanor McMain.
Up Next: McDonogh (1-0) will be on the road at New Orleans St. Augustine (0-0).
S D'Angelo McKenzie — San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian
Last Week: McKenzie had seven carries for 43 yards and touchdown as well as two receptions for 22 yards. On defense, McKenzie recorded six total tackles.
Up Next: Valley Christian (0-1) will host Santa Clara (Calif.) Wilcox (0-1).
OT Chris Murray — Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei.
Last Week: Nationally ranked Mater Dei won 31-7 over La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat (0-1).
Up Next: Mater Dei (1-0), ranked No. 1 by USA Today, will be host No. 4 Las Vegas Bishop Gorman (1-0).
OT Nick Petit-Frere — Tampa Berkeley Prep
Last Week: Berkeley Prep fell 29-28 at home against Clearwater (Fla.) Central Catholic.
Up Next: Berkeley Prep (1-1) will host Auburndale (Fla.) Kingdom Prep (0-1).
WR Geordon Porter — Etiwanda (Calif.) High
Last Week: Porter had four receptions for 72 yards and 66 yard punt return touchdown in a 43-24 over Fontana (Calif.) Summit (0-1).
Up Next: Etiwanda (1-0) will host Redlands (Calif.) Redlands East (0-0).
OG Jamaree Salyer — Atlanta Pace Academy
Last Week: Pace fell 21-14 at home against Cumming (Ga.) West Forsyth (2-0).
Up Next: Pace (0-1) will host Atlanta Hapeville Charter (1-1).
OG Sam Taimani — Salt Lake City East
Last Week: Taimani and East fell 48-17 at South Jordan (Utah) Bingham (2-0).
Up Next: East (1-1) will travel to Saguaro (Arizona) High (1-1).
TE Tommy Tremble — Norcross (Ga.) Wesleyan
Last Week: Unfortunately for Tremble, his season has come to an end after suffering an ankle injury in a 43-22 win over Atlanta BEST Academy (1-1).
Up Next: Wesleyan (2-0) will be at home to face St. Simons Island (Ga.) Fredercia Academy (2-1).
CB Joe Wilkins Jr. — North Fort Myers (Fla.) High
Last Week: Wilkins had four catches for 66 yards and two touchdowns in a 40-0 win over Fort Myers (Fla.) Riverdale (0-1).
Up Next: North Fort Myers (1-0) has a neutral site game against Fort Myers (Fla.) High (1-0).